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‘You Don’t Own This Life’ so says songwriter Alex Highton

Monday, November 17th, 2014

So here’s a plug for one of DF’s favourite singer songwriter Alex Highton and his brand spanking new video. From past experience we know just how much time & effort has gone into this new video, by a hard working creative bunch who are doing it for love and not money.

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The Track ‘You Don’t Own This Life’ is off the forthcoming album ‘Nobody Knows Anything’, it just so happens that DF had a hand in it and is out just in time for Christmas on December 1st.

The albums been getting rave reviews and plenty of support from 6 Music’s Tom Robinson too.

So if you’re fed up with talent shows, plastic pop and artists who are more interested in their latest new fragrance instead of the music, please do your ears a favour and give it watch, like it, share it and show some love people.

All power to you Al, we’re proud to help and support your musical journey.

Nadia Ksaiba ‘Virtual Lover’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Here is a shameless plug for ‘Virtual Lover’ the debut single of our long time lovely chum and the extremely talented Nadia Ksaiba. Available via Juno from September 16th and everywhere else from September 23rd.

For more info please check out:
Phantasy Sound
www.nadiakasiba.co.uk

Treat ya ears and enjoy!

Music + Science = Art

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

So I finally got around to listening to some recent vinyl purchases at the weekend, in between the usual Saturday chores with a hangover and being used as a human trampoline by a 2 & 3 year old all day Sunday.

Anyway I was sifting through my mini backlog when I realise I’d completely forgotten that I’d bought Jon Hopkins latest release Immunity and what a treat it is. If like me you love a bit of dirty synth mixed with atmospheric ambience, backed up with unsettling, scratchy beats then you love the latest offering from Hopkins.

Needless to say it was ticking a lot of boxes for me while enjoying a nice cuppa tea and a couple of ginger nuts (biscuits people, biscuits!). So with laptop in-hand I went for a stroll on da YouTubes innit to see if there was a visual side to things.

I came across the above clip that beautifully supports the sounds on the album and acts as a teaser for a wider audio visual experience Hopkins is currently touring as a live show. The amazingness really kicks in when you find out how they’re created in the really interesting film below as told by Hopkins and his collaborators, art director & typographer Craig Ward and biochemist Linden Gledhill. Well worth a watch!

Jon Hopkins will be performing his live audio visual treat to a sold out audience at KOKO on the 21st September, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets I’m very envious indeed.

Enjoy!

Kraftwerk – Man Machine

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

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In honour of Kraftwerk we decided to write this blog post in German (a language I happen to speak quite well). Here we go:

Einen passenderen Schauplatz hätte Kraftwerk sich sicherlich nicht aussuchen können als das Tate Modern, ein zu einer Kunstgalerie ausgebautes altes Kraftwerk. Als wir in der ‘Turbine Hall’ ankamen saßen bereits zahlreiche Menschen friedlich auf einem der Kissen die am Eingang verteilt wurden. Wir waren uns zunächst nicht sicher, ob wir auf den Kissen sitzen bleiben müssten, aber schon bevor der erste Ton ausgeklungen war, standen die rund 1.200 Menschen bereits.

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In der vierten von acht Retrospektiven war Kraftwerks meist zelebrierte Album ‘Man Machine’ an der Reihe. Eröffnet wurde mit dem letzten Titel des Albums ‘The Man Machine’ gefolgt von Spacelab bevor es mit dem bekanntesten Lied des Albums und dem größten Hit, den Ralf Hütter in England verbuchen durfte, ‘The Model’ weiterging. Nach dem alle Lieder des Album gespielt waren folgte ein best-off. Kraftwerks größten Hits unter anderem Autobahn und Tour de France wurden zum besten gegeben. Begleitet wurde jedes Lied von 3D Projektionen, die neben der Musik großer Bestanteil des Gesamtauftrittes waren. Von einfachen geometrischen Formen, über an Matrix erinnernde grüne Raster, bis hin zu einer Autobahn fahrt in einem alten VW war alles dabei. Was alle 3D Projektionen gemein hatten war eine Einfachheit, die verglichen mit anderen 3D Medien die man heutzutage gewöhnt ist wirklich hervorstach.

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Das Tate war wirklich der perfekte Ort für solch einen Auftritt, der mühelos einen Bogen zwischen Musik und Kunst spannte. Zeitweise war das Publikum sehr still, aber nicht weil ihnen nicht gefiel was sie sahen, sondern aus großer Bewunderung und der Erkenntnis heraus, dass sie Zeugen eines phänomenal Auftrittes waren, an den sie sich lange Zeit erinnern werden.

Translation to follow shortly. In the meantime why not give google translate a go (not that it’ll make much sense).

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Design Friendship Playlist 2012

Friday, January 18th, 2013

New year = new playlist. But before we go ahead and create a new playlist we thought we’d share our 2012 playlist with you. The playlist contains 100 songs we listened in the studio throughout the year. We’re also aiming to create regular shorter playlists for you to enjoy.

Alex Highton – I Left the City

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Very happy to finally be able to share this music video with you that we helped put together for very talented Alex Highton. Alex Highton’s debut album Woodditton Wives Club is packed full of witty, thoughtful songs. Simple, mellow acoustic guitar melodies paired with Alex’s charming vocals make this album really stand out. We love it and if you do too do yourself a favour and buy his album from his website or iTunes. A big shout out to Joe Marcantonio for helping us put this video together. Sit back and enjoy!

Twenty One Years Hard Labour

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Last week I took a journey back in time to my graphic design roots when I popped along to the exhibition and book launch celebrating, London design studio, Form’s 21st anniversary.

Now this wasn’t just any old exhibition/book launch for me, as Form is where I spent those first tentative and mistake ridden years of my professional life. I owe that studio a hell of a lot and I’m proud to call it’s founders, Paul West & Paula Benson, my graphical Mum & Dad. Don’t get me wrong, there where times when I wanted to throttle P&P back in the day, and I’m positive there were even more times when P&P wanted to throttle me back too! I particularly remember a few typo stinkers coming back from printers that are burned into my memory, Mint Royale 12″ mix will haunt me forever!

Anyway this isn’t therapy, it’s a blog, so lets get down to it!

There are two things that are remarkable about FormTwentyOne, the first is that twenty one years in an ever adapting design scene, were studios, designers and trends come and go is no mean feat. Form has stayed the course, adapted and evolved even when it’s young has flown the nest!

I realise the haters out there will argue “twenty one, so what, it’s just a number”, and they’re kind of right, it wouldn’t mean diddly squat if Form don’t deliver the goods anymore, but the fact is they consistently do!

And that is my second point, what the exhibition and book shows is that Form have a superb body of work, only a fraction of which is on view. But these edited highlights are a must see and a real testament to Paul & Paula, and the many generations of ‘Formsters’ who have cut their teeth under their guidance.

So if you like your logos, design and art direction done properly, with a big serving of ‘POP’ for dessert, then get yourself down to Blackwall Studios sharpish or grab a copy of the book, because nobody does it quite like Form.

Massive respect to P&P and the Form family, it was lovely to see you all again and the hangover was well worth it!

Com Truise

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Saw Com Truise at Madame Jojo’s yesterday and was well impressed. Very talented and pleasant guy.

Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”. Had a chat with him after the gig and turns out he does all his artwork, such as his Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ inspired debut album cover for Galactic Melt (see above), himself too. You can listen to the album below.

Seth, if you ever get too busy with your musik that you haven’t got enough time to design your own cover art, which I’m sure you will, just give us a shout.

Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Ever drawn on fogged-up windows? Not like this you haven’t. Evelyn Evelyn are a songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion. This lovely little video for their track “Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn” was directed by Hoku Uchiyama, who takes you on an animated journey filled with flying pianos, ukulele-playing elephants, and dancing skeletons. A little creepy but a whole lot of fun!

Music from a Dry Cleaner

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Came across this wicked video by sound designer Diego Stocco the other day.

Here’s what he has to say about the video: “Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners. When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap. The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines. There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!”

Check out his vimeo for more weird and wonderful music videos such as Music From A Bonsai.